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My doctor told me to cut back on fruits because of the carbs and being borderline dibetic. You think you are eating healthy and it’s not really helping to a diabetic diet?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Most fruits contain sugar, but they also contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber which contribute to our health. Fruits can be part of a healthy diet, even for diabetics, as we explain here, in our Frequently Asked Questions.
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I teach 3rd graders. How much salt/sodium should a child limit a day?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Eight year olds should aim for 1,200mg of sodium each day, and from age 9 (to age 50) we should aim for 1500mg per day. These are Adequate Intakes, or the amounts needed by healthy people. There are 2,300mg of sodium in one teaspoon of salt.
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Is it better to buy fruits and vegetables that say organic? Explain Please

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
While it is sometimes stated that organic foods are “better” there is simply not enough information on organic vs. non-organic fruits and vegetables to make a recommendation either way.
 
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my baby appears to be allergic to beta-carotene – what fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene?

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
Beta-carotene, a precursor for Vitamin A and an important nutrient for vision, immune function and bone and skin health is mostly found in orange and yellow fruit and vegetables and also in dark, leafy green  Read More
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how many calories does fruit have

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
The amount of calories found in fruit depends on the fruit! Visit our Fruit and Veggie Database for more information on the nutrient content of several fruits, including calories and serving sizes.
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Does a fruit such as an orange, lose its nutrient value within minutes after cutting into it?…

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
While nutrient loss does occur after a fruit or vegetable loses its protective peel or skin (e.g., has been cut into), the loss does not occur immediately. It may take up to a few days for any major vitamin  Read More
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concerning fruits and veggies in ANY form being good for you. I have read that many dried fruits contain high levels of sugar which is bad for us. Is this true?

Saturday, March 28th, 2009
When fruits are dried, the water is removed, but everything else, including all of the sugar that was in the fresh fruit, remains. This makes dried fruit very sweet, but it contains the nutrients that were  Read More
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would you please help me find more kid’s friendly information regarding Dark Green Vegetables? I work in the nutrition departmen of a school district and I’m trying to put some curriculum together for a nutrition class. Thank you!

Friday, March 27th, 2009
You can find information on several types of dark green vegetables in our Fruit and Veggie Database and by visiting our Why Fruits and Veggies page.
 
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Hi,I have heard Vegetables loose its Vitamins and Minerals if you cook it really well. Is that true? Should we cook it to “Al dente”?

Friday, March 27th, 2009
Yes, it is true that the way vegetables are cooked can be important in avoiding unnecessary nutrient loss. Steaming causes the least amount of vitamin and mineral loss because the vegetable is surrounded in  Read More
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I lost 60lbs I want to lose 25 more I eat a good balanced menu I can, seem to get rid of the extra weight? i am diabetic

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Congratulations on your weight loss! As you know, the healthiest way to lose weight is slowly, by eating less and exercising more. As you lose weight, your new lighter body requires fewer calories than your  Read More
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